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Re: Social protection to protect and promote nutrition

Nyasha Tirivayi facilitator of the discussion, FAO, Italy


Thank you for your contribution. You raise interesting issues. Indeed increasing the quantity of food production does not guarantee a decrease in malnutrition. Research has shown that micronutrient deficiencies can still persist even after well meaning food security interventions. Indeed some cash transfer programs in Latin America have been found to have had little impact on child nutrition as the nutrition objectives of the programs were not communicated and others in literature have called for the integration of nutrition education with social protecton programs like you recommend. 

Yet, some argue that nutrition education might fail in areas with little availability of food, let alone diverse and nutritious foods. In that case in what other ways can you see social protection promoting nutrition? Please feel free to share more examples.